James Paxton put on a dominant performance against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night as the Canadian threw the sixth no-hitter in Mariners history. Josh Donaldson's groundout ended the contest after Paxton induced a flyout from Anthony Alford on the first pitch and struck out Teoscar Hernandez in three pitches. Center fielder Dee Gordon made some great catchers, and third baseman Kyle Seager made a great diving stop at third to save the no-hit bid.
Catcher Russell Martin sent Paxton's 95 miles per hour a long way.
Paxton, who's from British Columbia, pointed to a giant tattoo on his right forearm of a maple leaf - a national symbol of Canada - as he celebrated to a standing ovation at Rogers Centre. He has now thrown 16 shutout outings across his last two starts and is second in the American League with 67 strikeouts on the season.More news: Sonam Kapoor's Mehendi ceremony: A shandaar Star studded evening
The Mariners made some fantastic defensive plays behind Paxton.
I have to say I don't know what to expect from LeBlanc but if Garcia throws as he has I prefer the Mariners... Adrenaline was no doubt surging through Paxton's system tonight, but his fast work and his willingness to rely on his defense rather than strike out a dozen or more guys certainly helped. His second-to-last pitch clocked in on the Rogers Centre gun at 100 m.p.h.
Mariners history too. It was the sixth no-hitter for the franchise and fifth by an individual pitcher. He comes in with a 3.57 ERA in six appearances and one start this season.More news: TRAILER: 'Arrested Development' Season 5
This is now two very impressive starts in a row for Paxton. A very good pitch.
Healy pumped his fist after catching Seager's throw, and the Mariners streamed out of the dugout, dousing their pitcher with a cooler as the crowd of 20,513 cheered.
It's the third no-hitter of 2018, joining Sean Manaea of the A's and the Dodgers' combined no-hitter in Mexico just a few days ago.More news: Fergie left off guest list to Prince Charles' party celebrating royal wedding
"That last inning was just a lot of fastballs". And if you can't keep track of all the no-hitters, that's understandable. It was also still the first inning, rather than after a complete-game performance, but the Orioles could hardly have yanked him soon enough.